The U.S. will soon offer an “X” gender marker option on its passports, the White House and State Department announced Thursday.
“The Department of State has reached another milestone in our work to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity,” the press release stated.
The new gender marker will be “Unspecified or another gender identity,” the release stated.
“This definition is respectful of individuals’ privacy while advancing inclusion,” it read.
The option will be available starting April 11.
Social Security also announced Thursday that it is changing its policy regarding changes to a person’s records.
People making a change will “no longer need to provide medical or legal documentation of their sex designation,” said in a statement. They will, however, need to show a current document to prove their identity.
“The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring the fair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by updating our procedures for Social Security number records,” said acting commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi. “This policy change will allow people to self-select their sex in our records without needing to provide documentation of their sex designation.”
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